Merely being in politics does not entitle individual for security cover: Govt

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By Fast Kashmir on 24/11/2017.

Srinagar, Nov 24: Merely being in politics or contesting elections does not entitle an individual for security cover, the state government has said.

In a reply to petition filed before high court by one of the candidate, who lost parliamentary election to National Conference patron Farooq Abdullah, the government according to GNS said that security cover by the security wing is provided to an individual on the basis of threat assessment reports as per the guidelines of Ministry of Home Affairs, government of India.

“Merely being in politics or contesting elections does not entitle an individual for security cover, in absence of any specific threat.”

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 Upon receipt of the representation filed by the losing candidate, fresh threat perception report in his respect was sought from CID headquarters. “The report so received reveals that he has no specific threat perception,” the government said.

The candidate had claimed that government did not consider his claim in accordance with the mandate of the high court’s order, passed earlier, which constrained him to file a contempt petition.

“Since the respondents have accorded consideration to the case of the petitioner and have concluded that the petitioner has no specific threat perception and is not entitled to any security cover, therefore, the contempt petition is closed,” a bench of the high court said. (GNS)